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Dec 26, 2023

Navigating relationships with in-laws is often a subtle journey filled with its unique set of challenges, and it's a topic that has generated numerous requests from our audience. As we find ourselves on the brink of the holiday season, these challenges may become more pronounced, making it an opportune time to address the intricacies of managing relationships with in-laws.

In this episode, Dr. Jessica Higgins provides actionable insights and practical tips to empower listeners in navigating these relationships more effectively. Whether you're grappling with strained connections, seeking strategies for smoother communication, or simply aiming to enhance understanding within the family unit, this episode is for you.

Join us as we explore the nuances of in-law interactions, offering valuable perspectives to help you approach these dynamics with intention and foster healthier connections within your family circle.

Check out the transcript of this episode on Dr. Jessica Higgin's website.

In this episode

4:07 Navigating challenging relationships with in-laws during the holiday season.

8:49 A reflective inventory and setting realistic goals.

13:03 Relationship milestones, family expectations, and cultural considerations.

20:33 The influence of family structure on in-law relationships and the vital role of consensus in marital success.

25:56 A gentle approach to discussing challenges and setting healthy boundaries.

34:59 Tips for emotional regulation and proactive communication.


You Aren’t as Close to my Family as You Think: Discordant Perceptions about In-laws and Risk of Divorce (*NCBI link) (research)

Marriage and In-Laws: Factors Influencing Marital Stability (*Adelphi University link) (research)

Relationship Map To Happy, Lasting Love

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